Friday, July 17, 2009

Portsmouth Harbor (NH)

On our trip to Star Island, we left from Portsmouth Harbor, New Hampshire, USA.

Overhead onboard: "Portsmouth really looks a lot like Portsmouth, England."

We cruised down the Piscataqua River, which divides New Hampshire from Maine. The Piscataqua has very fast current and is an important harbor because it does not freeze.

Tugboats and Ceres St Shops & Restaurants

Here's a map of the route that we followed leaving the harbor.

View Portsmouth Harbor Cruise in a larger map


Prescott Park

Several historic buildings in Prescott Park were originally used for ship building.

Strawbery Banke, a great museum, is right across the street.

This summer, Grease is performed outdoors on the blue stage as part of the Prescott Park Arts Festival. (There are lots of other musical performances too!)

Commercial Fishing Pier

Naval Prison

The naval prison hasn't been used since the 1940's, but there are tons of rumors and stories that swirl about this building. During the real estate boom, plans were made to renovate the prison and turn it into offices. Maybe during the next boom!

Closer look at Fort Constitution

Wood Island Life Saving Station

Whaleback Lighthouse

The two lighthouses mark the edge of the harbor. Now we're in the open ocean headed directly toward Star Island or beyond!

Related Posts:
Star Island
Isles of Shoals


Theresa said...

Portsmouth is such a lovely city and as always, such good pictures. What a perfect way to spend a sunny New England day. You finished with some boiled lobsters...right?

Leigh said...

I would love to take a cruise like that but my DH dislikes boats. Still, it's an excellent way to sightsee!

Delighted Hands said...

Absolutely fascinating-thanks for the tours. Really.

Deanna said...

Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful photos of your adventures. It's great to get to see the "far side", so to speak. :-)
Deanna (on the left side of the country)

Life Looms Large said...

Thanks for bearing with me and all of my sea-going pictures!!!